Rome (2005–2007)
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Death Mask 

Inconsolable at the death of Brutus at Philippi, Servilia makes her final bid to gain the ultimate vengeance against Atia. Meanwhile, Eirene and Gaia have a major falling-out, prompting ... See full summary »



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Lucius Vorenus
Titus Pullo
Servilia of the Junii
Octavia of the Julii
Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa
Gaius Maecenas


Inconsolable at the death of Brutus at Philippi, Servilia makes her final bid to gain the ultimate vengeance against Atia. Meanwhile, Eirene and Gaia have a major falling-out, prompting Eirene to demand that Pullo properly chastise the slave. When he does, the dynamic between the two of them changes in a violent and unexpected fashion. King Herod engages Mark Antony as a reluctant ally by offering a generous gift of 20,000 pounds of gold, and when Posca is excluded from sharing in the windfall, he engineers a move behind-the-scenes that will once again strain the uneasy truce between Octavian and Antony. Vorenus eldest daughter, Vorena, is blackmailed by Mascius into spying on her father after her tryst with one of his men is discovered. The end of two love affairs and a marriage in the house of Julii have major ramifications for life in the city and on the Aventine when Octavian insists on the courtship between Octavia and Mark Antony which irks both Atia and Agrippa. Also, a ... Written by Christopher Chase (

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4 March 2007 (USA)  »

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Gaius Octavian: Something tells me you have something to say...
Atia of the Julii: Yes, if there were to be a marriage between your two houses then all would know your alliance's strength.
[Antony looks at Octavian]
Mark Antony: I don't care if all of Italy burns; I won't marry him!
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Sex is politics in Ancient Rome
21 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Servilia is a broken woman following the death of her son Brutus; she holds her long time enemy Atia responsible and sits in the road outside Atia's home calling for justice. Eventually Atia can stand it no longer and goes out to confront her; Servilia then curses her to a life of misery before taking her own life! After their success over Brutus, Octavian, Mark Antony and Lepidus have returned to Rome and are discussing how they should rule; they agree to each rule part of the empire but decide any profits equally… this agreement is soon tested when Herod offers Mark Antony a bribe of 20,000 pounds of gold to be made king of Judea and tries to keep the deal secret from the other two. Inevitably it isn't a secret for long and tensions rise between Octavian and Mark Antony; to show unity a marriage between Mark Antony and a member of Octavian's family… an agreement that upsets many people. Elsewhere the slave Gaia has upset Pullo's wife and she demands that he beats her. He isn't keen but agrees… things don't go as he expected and he is soon having sex with Gaia; she is playing a very dangerous game though. If that weren't enough Timon's brother is determined that they should murder Herod and Vorenus's daughter is caught with her lover by Mascius who persuades her to spy on her father in exchange for his silence.

This episode may lack the brutal action of the previous one but it is still interesting thanks to political intrigue. Mark Antony's behaviour keeps making another confrontation with Octavian seen inevitable. The series has always had a fair amount of sex but this episode has more than most with Titus and Gaia, Agrippa and Octavia, Mark Antony and Atia, Vorena with her lover and Mark Antony and Octavia all at it! In many ways this goes to show how sex is power; this is particularly true of Gaia who uses it to wrap Pullo round her finger. Zuleikha Robinson was on great form as Gaia; she makes it entirely believable that her character could get the better of Pullo… or just about any man! Atia is usually a fairly unsympathetic character but it was hard not to feel sorry for her when she becomes a victim of both politics and Servilia's curse. Overall this was a fine episode that impressively depicted politics on both the grand scale and on a more personal level.

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